Stakeholder Advisory Board Members:

Adrian Sandra Dobs, MD, MHS

Adrian Sandra Dobs, M.D., M.H.S. is a professor of Medicine and Oncology. Her personal research interest has focused on sex hormone abnormalities, and how they relate to chronic diseases. She has published in the field of endocrinology and transsexual health. As a trained epidemiologist, she has led multiple clinical research projects funded by both NIH and industry.  Her expertise is in epidemiologic, patient-oriented and clinical trials research.  

Asa Keiswetter, MS, RN, ACRN

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Baligh Yehia, MD, MPP, MSHP

Baligh R. Yehia, MD, MPP, MSHP is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Penn Medicine Program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health. Dr. Yehia’s main research focuses on evaluating health outcomes in individuals with HIV infection, with an emphasis on the HIV care continuum (HIV diagnosis, linkage to care, retention in care, prescription of antiretroviral therapy, and viral suppression); and on interventions aimed at improving the healthcare environment for LGBT populations. He has led multiple NIH and industry funded clinical research projects. Dr. Yehia is actively involved in organized medicine, contributing to the development of health policy on access to healthcare, performance measurement, and public health. He is immediate past Chair of the American Medical Association LGBT Advisory Committee.

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Barbara Warren, Psy D

Barbara E. Warren Psy.D., is Director for LGBT Programs and Policies in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion of the Mount Sinai Health System in NYC where she is leading the system wide  implementation of HRC’s and the Joint Commission’s guidelines for LGBT culturally and clinically competent health care. She previously served as Distinguished Lecturer and Director, Center for LGBT Social Science and Public Policy at Hunter College, City University NY. For over 21 years, Dr. Warren served on the senior management team of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of New York City, where she was the inaugural Director for the Center’s behavioral health programs and as Director for Planning and Research was responsible for the Center’s local and national health policy and government relations initiatives. Dr. Warren has over 30 years of experience in the development and implementation of substance abuse, mental health, HIV, and public health programs in community settings. 

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Carl Streed, Jr. MD

Carl G. Streed Jr, M.D. earned his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. While at Hopkins, he advocated for the inclusion of LGBT health in the curricula of the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, increased the visibility and value of the LGBT community through community advocacy, and achieved transgender equity in health insurance coverage. Nationally, Dr. Streed served as the American Medical Student Association LGBT Policy Coordinator & Liaison, advised the American Medical Association Board of Trustees as a member of the LGBT Advisory Committee, and served on the board of GLMA. Dr. Streed’s efforts to improve the health and well-being of LGBT individuals and communities have earned him the Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Award, the AMSA James Slayton National Award for Leadership Excellence, AMA Foundation Excellence in Medicine Award, the Erickson-Zoellers Point Foundation Scholarship as well as recognition by the White House.

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Carlisle Harvey, Sr.

Carlisle Harvey, Sr is a 50-year-old gay African American who has lived with HIV for 29 years. He is active in HIV/AIDS advocacy locally and has served on a number of sub-committees and CABs for HIV/AIDS. He also currently serves as the vice-chair of the Greater Baltimore HIV Health Services Planning Council. 

Carlton R. Smith

Carton R. Smith has worked in LGBTQ issues for many years. He has served on various committees providing outreach, leadership and representing the needs of LGBT people at the local, state and federal levels. Carlton places emphasis on the African American LGBTQ community, specifically men who have sex with men (MSM). He is the community co-chair of the MSM Response Team convened by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and a member of Maryland Moving Forward Network, the National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition and the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), to name a few. He is the former vice president of the GLCCB (Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore. Carlton is now the JHU CFAR CPAB nomination's chair. He is one of the founding members of The Center for Black Equity-Baltimore, under the membership of the national organization, The Center for Black Equity (CBE), now in its 12th year of operation.


Cheri Wilson, MA, MHS, CPHQ

Cheri C. Wilson is an Assistant Scientist and Program Director for the Culture-Quality-Collaborative (CQC) and the Clearview Organizational Assessments-360 (COA360) in the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She serves on national, state, and local health disparities committees and is a member of GLMA (Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality) and the Cultural Competence and Education Outreach Committee. In addition, she conducts trainings and educational sessions for clinical staff, students, and community members on the issues of cultural competency, overcoming language barriers, unconscious bias in health care, and health and healthcare disparities. As a public health practitioner and faculty member, her work focuses primarily upon the intersection between cultural competency and health disparities and patient safety and healthcare quality. She is particularly interested in health disparities as it relates to racial/ethnic, language, and gender and sexual minorities and the provision of culturally competent patient-centered care in language understandable to all patients.

Daniel Brotman, MD

Dr. Daniel Brotman is the director of the Hospitalist Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He directed the Hospital Medicine Fellowship Program at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and was involved in research in perioperative medicine, thrombosis, and cardiovascular complications of hospitalization.  Dr. Brotman came to Johns Hopkins in 2005 to direct the Hospitalist Program and has remained clinically active in Hospital Medicine and inpatient consultative medicine.  He continues to do research focused on Hospital Medicine, with an emphasis on quality improvement, thrombosis, perioperative medicine, and cardiovascular disease.   He is a Senior Deputy Editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, an Associate Editor of the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine and an Editorial Consultant for The Lancet.  

Edward J. Callahan, Ph.D.

Edward J. Callahan, Ph.D. is currently Associate Dean for Academic Personnel and Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. Dr. Callahan led the Task Force for Inclusion of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Electronic Health Record (EHR) for a five year period as UC Davis became the first Academic Health System in the country to incorporate sexual orientation and gender identity into its EHR. Members of the Task Force integrated a four year competency based component on LGBT health into the medical student curriculum, formed a staff support group (GLEE) and the institution achieved Leader in LGBT Health Equality for four years in a row. He now Chairs the Dean’s LGBTIQQ Advisory Committee which is committed to making the UCDHS atmosphere more inclusive for sexual minority patients, staff, learners and faculty. Dr. Callahan is now exploring the use of the electronic record in improving quality of care for LGBTIQQ patients. 


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Emma "Beth" McGinty, PhD, MS

Dr. McGinty's research focuses on how health and social policies affect mental health and substance use.  She is particularly interested in studying issues at the intersection of healthcare and social policy. One of her primary research interests is integration of behavioral, somatic and social services for people with mental illness and addiction.  She also studies policy issues at the juncture of behavioral health and criminal justice policy.  In addition, Dr. McGinty has an overarching interest in policy communication, public opinion, and message framing.  She conducts public opinion and experimental message framing research focused on mental illness, addiction, stigma, and violence. 

Harvey Makadon, MD

Harvey J. Makadon, MD is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the National LGBT Health Education Center at The Fenway Institute, a division of Fenway Health, Boston. He teaches about how to improve access to quality care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in health care settings around the country and directs a HRSA funded cooperative agreement to improve cultural competence in LGBT health in community health centers. Dr. Makadon is the lead editor of The Fenway Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health, published by the American College of Physicians in 2008.  In addition to writing numerous articles and chapters related to LGBT health, he served on the Advisory Committee on the Advisory Committee to the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in the preparation of The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding in March, 2011. 

Hilary Meyer, JD

Hilary Meyer is the Director of National Programs at Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE). In this position, Meyer oversees projects such as SAGEWorks, SAGE’s workforce development program, and SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services-funded resource center focused on improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults nationwide. Meyer provides leadership and oversight for the national programs and the activities of its staff and partner organizations; guides content and tools development; and, provides cultural competency trainings, media interviews and thought leadership on a number of issues related to LGBT aging. Meyer earned her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark and graduated magna cum laude and With Honors in Psychology from Colgate University.

Ignatius Bau, JD

Ignatius Bau is an independent health policy consultant, highlighting issues of patient-centeredness and equity in the implementation of national health care reform.  He had prior positions as program director at a statewide health foundation, policy director at a national minority health advocacy organization, and immigration attorney at a civil rights legal organization and has served on the board of directors of Funders for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Issues, and the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Community HIV Project.  Bau also has served as a member of expert advisory groups for the Institute of Medicine (IOM), National Quality Forum, Joint Commission, federal Office of Minority Health, Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Institutes of Health. He chaired the IOM workshop on the collection of sexual orientation and gender identity data in electronic health records.

Jane Hill, MPH

Jane E. Hill is currently Director of Patient Relations and Patient and Family Advisory Councils at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. In this role, Ms. Hill’s objectives are to support the inclusion of each individual and caregiver voice and assure it is heard, respected, and integrated in providing clinical and support services.

Ms. Hill’s prior experience was in Boston, MA where she directed a statewide geographic capitation pilot for improved financial management of population health. She was also Board representative to the Greater Boston Forum for Health Action, Inc.  Upon relocating to Baltimore, Ms. Hill was a consultant to The Alliance for Responsible Health Policy, supporting a state-wide leadership coalition to identify and develop strategic and affordable options for the medically uninsured and underinsured populations.  Ms. Hill received her MPH degree from Yale University and her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from University of Pennsylvania.

Jean-Michel Brevelle

Jean-Michel Brevelle has been an activist fighting for the rights of LGBTQ people and people living with HIV for over 30 years. As an out and visible, gay-identified, transgender man, he is familiar with the challenges experienced by sexual and gender minorities, as well as the resiliency and opportunities for success within these communities.  He has worked with AIDS Project Los Angeles, the National Association of People Living With AIDS, and Equality Maryland.  He currently works with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, at the Center for HIV Prevention and Health Services. He devotes much of his time to providing capacity building training and technical assistance to improve HIV prevention services for LGBTQ communities and people living with or at risk for HIV. He is also a co-founder of the Transgender Action Group and the chair of the Transgender Response Team. He is the proud parent of an over-achieving daughter and the delighted grandparent of a very self-possessed 4 year old grandson. He currently lives in Harford County with a slightly grumpy cat named Velcro.

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Kellan Baker, MPH, MA

Kellan Baker is a Senior Fellow with the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress. At CAP, Kellan works with the federal Executive and Legislative Branches on a range of LGBT health and data collection issues and directs the LGBT State Exchanges Project, which partners with LGBT and consumer health advocates in numerous states to ensure that the benefits of health reform reach LGBT communities. He is an affiliated faculty member for LGBT health policy at the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health at the Fenway Institute and has consulted on LGBT health and health disparities with organizations such as The Joint Commission and the Open Society Foundations. Kellan holds a BA with high honors from Swarthmore College and an MPH and MA from George Washington University.


Mara Keisling

Mara Keisling is the founding Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. Mara is a transgender-identified woman and a parent. As one of the nation’s leading voices for transgender equality, Mara has appeared on news outlets and is regularly quoted in hundreds of national and local print and broadcast media. Mara is a graduate of Penn State University and did her graduate work at Harvard University in American Government. Mara has almost twenty-five years of professional experience in social marketing and opinion research.

Monica Stevens Yorkman

Monica is a leading activist and advocate for change in the Baltimore community. Passionately committed to building safe spaces for underserved communities, Monica is the founder and director of Sistas of the “T”, a community group for transgender women.  She is also the founder of Beta Mu Beta, a sorority for transgender women that celebrates unity, selfless service, and personal responsibility. Monica’s activism has led her to partner with Equality Maryland, National Alliance on Mental Illness, GLASS Baltimore and Hearts and Ears. Monica also directed Transwoman Inc. for a short period of time.

A proud 60 year-old parent of two, and grandparent of three. Monica likes playing music and writing poetry (especially erotica). Her poetry has appeared in several magazines, journals and anthologies. 


Paul Krieger, MD

Dr. Paul Krieger is a physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center (MSBI). He is a member and former chair of the LGBT committee at MSBI and a member of the diversity council. Dr. Krieger is a member of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s Academy for Diversity and Inclusion and one the charter members of the Academies LGBT committee.  His academic interests include graduate medical LGBT health curriculum development and education, particularly in the field of emergency medicine.

Paula Neira, JD, BSN

Paula M. Neira is a nurse, lawyer, and former naval officer. She graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1985. As a Surface Warfare Officer, she participated in mine warfare combat operations during the Gulf War. Upon being honorably discharged from the Navy, she began her nursing career. She is a certified emergency nurse, specializing in adult emergency care and trauma resuscitation. For the past six years, she has served as the nurse educator in the Department of Emergency Nursing at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. In addition to nursing, she has been a member of the Maryland Bar since 2001. As a lawyer and veteran advocate, she helped lead the efforts to repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. A recognized national expert on LGBT-military issues, she is one of the leading experts on transgender military service in the United States.  

Robert Espinoza, MPP

Robert Espinoza is the Senior Director for Public Policy and Communications at SAGE, the country’s largest organization focused on improving the lives of LGBT older people. In this capacity, he established and guides SAGE's national advocacy and education program, which includes a federal program based in Washington, DC, 27 SAGE affiliates and three national websites. His communications awards have received two GLAAD distinctions for excellence in marketing, and four awards from the International Academy for the Visual Arts. A regular commentator for The Huffington Post, Robert’s writing has appeared in Aging Today, Tikkun Magazine, New American Media, and Public Policy & Aging Report, among others.

Shane Snowdon, MA

Shane Snowdon, MA, currently a visiting scholar at Harvard, created and headed the LGBT Health & Aging Program of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT organization in the country. She also founded and led for 13 years the Center for LGBT Health and Equity at the University of California San Francisco, the nation’s first LGBT office in a healthcare or health education setting.  She also served as Project Adviser for The Joint Commission’s LGBT Field Guide (2011), and she has written extensively on LGBT health. She is the author most recently of Recommendations for Enhancing the Climate for LGBT Students & Employees in Health Professional Schools (2013).

Tonia Poteat, PhD, MPH, PA-C

Tonia Poteat is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she teaches “Introduction to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Public Health.” Her research interests include HIV prevention and care, LGBT health, and transgender health disparities. She sits on the editorial board of LGBT Health as well as the Education Committee of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. Dr. Poteat has worked as a Physician Assistant for 18 years, devoting her clinical practice to providing medically appropriate and culturally competent care to LGBTQ communities and people living with HIV.  

Vann Michael

Vann Michael is an active advocate and activist in the Trans* community. He currently serves as president of Black Transmen, Inc. (BTMI MD/DC). BTMI MD/DC is the first national non­-profit organization of African-American transmen solely focused on acknowledgement, social advocacy, and empowering transmen with resources to aid in healthy transition. Mr. Michael also sits on the steering committee of the Maryland Coalition of Trans Equality and facilitates a monthly support group for transmen at the GLCCB. 

Associated Community-Based Organizations:

GLCCB: The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland

SAGE: Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders

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NCTE: The National Center for Transgender Equality

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